Tuesday, May 17, 2005


"During my six years as majority leader of the Senate, Republicans, then in the minority, often used filibusters to achieve their goals. I didn't like the results, but I accepted them because Republicans were acting within the rules; and we were able to work together on many other issues. There were 55 Democratic senators then. We had the power to take the drastic action now being proposed, but we refrained from exercising that power because it was as wrong then as it is now."

-- former U.S. Senator George Mitchell

Ah, how times have changed... !


Blogger Sheryl said...

The republicans also used to complain about gerrymandering, but you should have seen what they did to my state recently.

They also used to complain about communism claiming anti-democratic, but it didn't stop them from rigging the election and preventing any examination of it after the fact. It hasn't stopped them from packing the courts, so that we have all but lots our separation of powers.

Hypocrisy is the polite word for it, but there are more suitable words.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Oops,more typos. Here's a cheat sheet on what I was trying to write:

anti-democratic= it was anti-democratic


10:10 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Oh yeah, times have changed. But someday the Democrats will be the majority party again, and then the Republicans will bring back the filibuster.

8:34 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Great quote from a great man...

10:00 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I've actually given up on this country. Why protect the fillibuster? Let's just dump it. While we're at it, burn the consitution. If republicans want to act like rampaging villagers, screw it. Let 'em. Besides, pitchforks are on sale right now, let's all buy one and go crazy. I think America has been a long, nifty experiment, but it's finally run itself into the ground, it's ultimately a complete failure. Humans lack the intellectual capacity to sustain a functioning democracy. Democracy is dead. We killed it. Bring on the world-ending comet.

Or...you know, maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

WEll, now, gee, Matt...

Yeah, yer right.

Guess I better lead a local movement to erect a stake in the town square, and I can be actively involved in gathering wood for the burnings. Maybe that way I won't end up being burned there myself.

Also, I probably shouldn't wear t-shirts that feature graven images anymore. Especially those that depict liberal sentiments...

6:24 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Hey, the new Harry Potter book is coming out this summer, let's burn that.

7:13 AM  
Blogger The Bird Poop said...

Yes, but George Mitchell was not handpicked by God as Bush, Frist, and Delay.

It just goes to show that absolute corruption needs absolute power.

5:02 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

But for most of these six years, there was a Republican in the White House. It wouldn't have done them any good.

9:42 PM  

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